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4.3 /6 Very Good 100 Reviews

LaMesa

Haymarket International $$$ +100
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About LaMesa

Filipino cuisine is already a kind of fusion cuisine, a colourful, flavourful global cuisine that embodies the collision between Asian and European (particularly Spanish) cultures. LaMesa understands this heritage implicitly, offering Sydney diners the chance to sample this rich and complex culinary history from their restaurant in the heart of Sydney’s bustling Chinatown. Haymarket locals and CBD workers regularly pack out LaMesa’s homely, welcoming restaurant on Goulburn Street, so be sure to book in advance if you’re after an authentic meal made according to traditional recipes drawn from across the Philippines.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:00
LaMesa, Goulburn Street 19 , 2000 Sydney

Further Information

Family-owned and operated, LaMesa moved to its current Haymarket location along Goulburn Street in 2012, after spending ten years in Dee Why building up a loyal local following. Now, in the heart of Chinatown and Sydney’s central business district, LaMesa is perfectly positioned to promote Filipino cuisine and culture all the better. Lunch specials draw a big crowd to LaMesa most days of the week and, with sittings for specials only available from noon until 3pm, it’s best to book to secure a spot. Lucky lunchers can then enjoy great value meals consisting of LaMesa’s well-researched indigenous recipes, and the Spanish-Filipino fusions that make the food of the Philippines so unique. The aprtitada chicken, beef calderata, tocino pork, and daing na bangus (marinated and fried milkfish served with a hot chilli vinegar sauce) are all surefire winners and perfect introductions to LaMesa’s broader Filipino offering.

Dinner at LaMesa is served from 5:30pm and the a la carte menu at this Sydney Filipino restaurant is packed with surprises. Try the battered and fried quail eggs as an appetiser, served with sweet chilli sauce, or begin with a round of okoy, deep fried patties of shrimp, sweet potato, carrots, and pumpkin, eaten dipped in a chilli vinegar sauce. The core offering at this standout restaurant in Haymarket (down Goulburn Street in Chinatown, in fact) is divided across chicken, pork, beef and seafood dishes, with a good number of vegetarian options like the traditional pinkabet and ginisang sitaw sa baboy listed separately. So, yes, it is a generally carnivorous affair at LaMesa, with our favourite being the section wryly entitled Not For The Faint Hearted. These are the true Filipino dishes that are unmissable if you’re an adventurous foodie: dinuguan cooks pork neck and pork blood jelly in a vinegary broth, while the sizzling sisig seasons cuts from a pork head with ginger and traditional spices before cooking, and the ginisang ampalaya a popular option in the Philippines (but an acquired taste for novice palates) that sautees bitter melon with minced pork and egg. LaMesa is a great place to get stuck into one of the world’s most interesting culinary domains.

CHEF'S CHOICE

100 Reviews

4.3 /6 Very Good 100 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
10.10.2017 12:31

We were well looked after.food presentation was really great and staff very welcoming. Very happy with the branch ambience.would recommend this place to friends. Well done

1 review so far 6
22.09.2017 08:47

We all loved the food and it was definitely an authentic Filipino dish. Staff were very friendly and very accommodating. We will definitely come back.

2 reviews so far 6
12.09.2017 12:01

Amazing food and atmosphere as always. With friendly and helpful staff. I went with for my birthday with 12 people and we had a great time.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2017 22:44

Great food and really reasonably priced. Mixed entree is a great starter, then there is a wide selection of filipino standards like adobo, paella, sinigang, tocino, longanisa etc

1 review so far 4
14.04.2016 10:04

Love the atmosphere and friendly staff but there is wide disparity of quality and value between the dishes i.e. some are great value such as the huge serving of noodles with vegetables, chicken & prawns, versus the disappointing small plate of overcooked meat in oil that was the "bistik". Don't order this. It should have come with vegetables at least. My son was still hungry and we gave him some of our dishes. You need to see the dishes before you know what to order. It was pot luck of yours turned out to be good. Many of the dishes were not freshly made either, just premade and reheated i.e. the crepes and my beef stew (mechado) although it was tasty. It would be better to have fewer items on the menu, and concentrate on serving the best ones and making them fresh. They also need to be served hotter, they got cold very quickly. The seafood dishes looked good but they were the most expensive. It is authentic however. I would go back because Filipino food is hard to find. You just have to know which are the best dishes,

1 review so far 5
31.05.2016 08:43

I took a Philippines national there to see what she would make of it. We were not disappointed...A little hard to find on the first floor, but great location and good sized place for a meal and conversation. However, they may need to look at the acoustics, as when the place filled up, it became a little difficult to talk. Food was excellent and made to traditional Philippines method. Can't wait to go back there for some of there chicken in coconut milk. Not too pricey but I would be looking for a discount for a big group. Mabuhay!

1 review so far 6
03.08.2017 23:31

Food is great. Staff is great. Service is excellent. We've been to this restaurant many times before and we definitely recommend LaMesa to our immediate family and friends. Keep up the good work!

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 11:32

Staff very friendly and helpful with the menu, we appreciated the waiter's advice that 2 portions of their delicious pork was enough for 5 people, we were going to order 1 each. The oxtail soup he recommended was scrumptious. Didn't have to wait long for our dinner and there was no pressure to order more food. All of us would go there again.

1 review so far 5
18.02.2016 08:03

This was our 2nd visit to this restaurant since stumbling across it on a visit to Sydney in January. We decided to celebrate Valentine's Day here as my fiancé is Filipino and I came to enjoy Crispy Pata (which is their signature dish) in the Philippines. Although the service was a bit slow and the atmosphere is a bit low key the food was great!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 18:42

very authentic. good quality filipino food. waiting time on a busy day is not too bad (<20mins). good service. Keep it up folks. There is a paucity of good Filipino restaurants here in Oz. Am from the Gold Coast and I don't think there is at least even one Filipino restaurant here.

1 review so far 3
24.07.2017 09:20

Crispy Pata, Sisig, and Sago't Gulaman were good. Lumpia Shanghai, Dinuguan, and Okoy needs improvement. Rice served in a tin bowl is just not Filipino nor practical as it tips to one side and difficult to scoop out the compact mound of rice in this small tin bowl. A terracotta-like pot lined with banana or pandan leaves with wooden rice serving spoon or a platter would have been better. Lastly, the waitress could have been more pleasant as she never smiled the entire service time. You can't be in the service area if you can't provide a genuine, friendly service.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 08:32

Excellent food, though at times you felt a bit invisible to the staff, for example stood at the front desk waiting quite some time before we were noticed and taken to our table, despite staff members walking past without any acknowledgement we were there. Other than that the food was thoroughly enjoyable and would definitely return.

1 review so far 3
24.07.2017 10:24

Food is great. Ambiance is amazing. Service is a bit slow but once the food arrived everyone is happy because food is flavourful. However, the servings are a bit small When the bill arrived, I (the only Filipina in the group) was not happy. I think the price is a bit overrated. Overall, it would have been great if the service is a bit faster, servings are generous considering the price and the ice crasher machine is kept somewhere where it is not heard by all the diners. Would I come back? Hmmmm....

1 review so far 5
13.06.2016 10:41

Service was great and very friendly and helpful even though it was packed Friday night. The sisig and the prawn soup were beautiful. The only thing was there weren't too many vegetarian food if at all we have to request them to take the mince meat out of the vegetables for my vegetarian friend

1 review so far 5
06.07.2017 15:46

We had a late booking on a Sat night but really enjoyed our night. Food was great, crispy pata is my favorite food. Was so good we went back for lunch on Sunday. Place was packed and again the food was delicious. Was just like being at a family meal in the Philippines.

1 review so far 4
01.03.2017 09:33

I have always been going to this place. And always enjoyed the food and the service they do. However, last night ordered food were served approximately 30 minutes late. Despite this, we still enjoyed the food and the hospitality of the staffs. Not to mention their apologies for the food being served late. I'll still comeback though, but hoping food is served sooner next time.

1 review so far 4
28.05.2017 07:25

Happy with the taste of the food but the portion of each dish is quite small for the price they are charging. Waitresses are polite but need to be organised more. We were a party of 12. Food took awhile to arrive and they missed a couple of our dishes until asked multiple times. It was a full house and they looked stressed out.

1 review so far 5
15.11.2016 19:07

the location of the restaurant is easy to find. Easy for tourists to find. The foods are really delicious specially the okoy. Service is good as well, however, the interior of the place could use a little bit of updating. Overall it was a great!

1 review so far 5
15.01.2017 11:44

The food was prompt and the service was friendly and attentive. Only downside was the air conditioner was broke and it just so happened to be a 40+ Degree day in Sydney. So it was a little too warm inside the restaurant to be comfortable

1 review so far 4
24.06.2016 21:16

Service was good, a little slower than expected for the food to come out. Ordered the chicken adobo which was presented well but more sour than sweet (my preference). Also ordered the crispy pork which was delicious. Experience could be enhanced by some complimentary starters or something. Just something to get the taste buds going.